Dr Pathik Pathak

Higher education heretic, social innovation junkie, Arsenal saddo.

Why we love low-tech social action

This morning we went to a community breakfast at our local pub, organised by a group of Christian friends from two nearby churches. It’s a very simple, intuitive idea: take over a well-located local hub, serve a discounted meal and people will flock.

The community breakfast is one of a series of events run by this new community group, but they are all distinguished by a distinctly low-tech, people centred approach. We read about the breakfasts, for example,  on the project’s newsletter – an old skool four page newsletter that went out to every household in the area.  In an age where print media seems to be dying a slow death, it’s striking that hand-delivered newsletters continue to serve a useful purpose. A website simply wouldn’t have worked. Similarly, the breakfast event itself was a low-cost, low-risk venture. Small, easy to organise, easy to replicate.

The project has run out of funding but the organising group have conducted a survey which suggests a hunger for local sports groups, reading circles, art exhibitions, cooking classes and similar low-tech, people-centred things like that. All very positive and doable.  So often, though, these kinds of projects peter out. This one has been going for 2 years now, so the signs are good. Something worth supporting and watching for growth. If this project can survive, prosper and diversify in our area, why not in others too?


One comment on “Why we love low-tech social action

  1. Pingback: The People’s Library: low-tech social innovation & optimism of the will | Pathik Pathak

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This entry was posted on November 27, 2011 by in social innovation, society and tagged , , , , , , , .